Speak Volumes : electroacoustic
by Miriama Young (1998)
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Speak Volumes weaves together fragments of spoken memories with archival tape recordings extracted from a make-believe childhood radio show. The piece reflects on the nature of memory: slippery, fragmented, distorted, but at the same time an anchor by which one might shape a sense of identity. Passages from Lucretius' The Nature of Things are integrated into this revised and remastered version (2009).
Many of the electronic sounds are now dated - sometimes intentionally so - extraneous 'qualities', including hiss and click, are deliberately woven into the fabric of the piece, as a way to reference the 'past' and to integrate 'the archive' into the 'contemporary' listening moment.
The piece features on the compilation album New Zealand Sonic Art 2000 and Just Like Us Book & CD.
Instrumentation: Sonic Art/Electroacoustic.
Duration: 9 min.
First performance: Aug 00. ‘Experiments in Sound’, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington
The composer notes:
Dugal McKinnon provides an extended analysis of this piece, as well as supplying a recording of the work on CD, in: _Just Like Us_ (Steele Roberts) http://steeleroberts.co.nz/product/just-like-us/
Performances of this work
2 Mar 20: Camerata Room, Arts Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand
Aug 00: ‘Experiments in Sound’, New Zealand School of Music, Wellington
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